pilots

drone war

'I Can’t Feel My Toes': Read Chilling Testimonials from US Drone Pilots

A new RAND study on the mental health of America's drone personnel offers a raw glimpse at the psychological toll of the job.
Ben Sullivan
5.3.17
machines

Here’s the Internal Presentation the FBI Uses to Train Surveillance Pilots

“Pay attention this will get mind bending,” one slide reads.
Joseph Cox
8.9.16
Features

The Spaceship Engineers Who Build Their Own Planes

When they’re not building futuristic aircraft at the Mojave Air and Space Port, Elliot and Justin test DIY airplanes for the right stuff.
Sarah Scoles
11.5.15
All Fronts

How Tomorrow's Battles Will Be Fought in Augmented Reality

Sophisticated technologies may optimise a soldier’s situational awareness, and ply him or her with information.
Emiko Jozuka
9.15.15
DRONES

The Number of Drones Getting Too Close to Planes Is on the Rise

The FAA released its full archive of reports. While many were not necessarily dangerous, there were some scary close calls.
Kaleigh Rogers
8.24.15
uber

There's Now an Uber for Drones

Well, it’s kinda like Taskrabbit too, but that doesn’t roll off the tongue.
Clinton Nguyen
8.13.15
News

How a Buggy iPad Update Caused Widespread Flight Delays

Does paper have a place in the sky, after all?
Jordan Pearson
4.29.15
virtual reality

New Military Jets Are So Powerful, Pilots Must Be Trained in Virtual Reality

Virtual reality is "the place where I will be able to take the gloves off, the place where I can turn on all the bells and whistles," says an Air Force general.
Jordan Pearson
8.11.14
machines

Airbus Wants Planes With Windowless Cockpits

That is, if pilotless planes don't get here first.
Ben Richmond
7.9.14
Motherboard Blog

The FAA Says Pilots Are Forgetting How to Fly

Typically the pilot is in control for only 3 minutes of your flight, which might explain why not everyone can be a Sully Sullenberger on cue.
Ben Richmond
11.18.13